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Compensation following slip at a bar on a night out

The claimant’s details have been changed but this is indeed a true case

Phil Mulryne acted for Mr G, the Claimant, to pursue a claim for personal injuries following an accident at the Defendant’s premises.

Mr G was on a night out at the Defendant’s bar when he slipped on steps, causing him to fall and sustain a back injury.

Mr G accepted that he had been drinking but was not drunk at the time.

The claim was presented to the insurers of the bar who denied liability for the claim. It was argued that the bar had in place the appropriate system of checking for cleaning up any spillages, with all staff members trained to be vigilant.

It was Mr G’s case that he fell very close to where security staff would be permanently situated so any spillages should have been identified and dealt with promptly.

Following the commencement of court proceedings liability was once again denied. The matter was allocated for a final court hearing for the issue of liability to be determined.

Mr G sustained an injury to his back. A medical report was prepared to support the claim for damages. Mr G had a pre-existing problem with his back so not all of his symptoms were accepted as being accident-related. It was anticipated that he would recover from his injuries within a four year period, with the accident proportionately being responsible for symptoms during this period of time.

A settlement was negotiated, with Mr G being paid the sum of £7,000 in settlement of his claim prior to the matter proceeding to trial.

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